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Choir singing improves health, happiness, and is the perfect icebreaker.

Choir singing improves health, happiness – and is the perfect icebreaker

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Jacques Launay, Postdoctoral Researcher in Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford


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Dr. LeAnn Starlin Nilsson joins the Sing Stark Board of Trustees

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. LeAnn Starlin Nilsson to the Sing Stark Board of Trustees. LeAnn serves as Asst. Dean of Recruitment and Retention for the College of the Arts, Kent State University. Outside of work, LeAnn  also volunteers for the Project Grad program through Akron Public Schools. Her other passions include diversity work and education that focuses on antiracist work. 

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Sing Stark welcomes Lou Poppovich to the Board of Trustees

Sing Stark welcomes Lou Poppovich to the Board of Trustees! Mr. Poppovich's longtime dedication to the arts in Stark County demonstrates a passion that will assist the organization as it pursues new choral initiatives.

B. Louis (“Lou”) Poppovich, Senior Vice President, Commercial Team Leader, Canton and Mahoning Valley Regions, The Huntington National Bank

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Vox Audio Auditions

Sing Stark announces auditions for the second season of VOX AUDIO, Canton’s newest a cappella sensation. Auditions will be held on Thursday, August 22 from 6:00PM-8:30PM, Friday, August 23, from 6:00PM-8:30PM, and Saturday, August 24, from 8:00AM-12:00PM, at the Cultural Center for the Arts, located at 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton, OH 44702.

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The performance of The Voyage postponed.

The performance of The Voyage by Bob Chicott has been postponed to a future season. For questions regarding ticketing, please call the box office at 330.452.4098.

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Senior Sing at Aultman Hospital

Senior Sing gave an afternoon perfromance in the lobby of Aultman Hospital. In partnership with Aultman Generations and sponsored by Chapel Hill Retirement Community, Stark County seniors sing to garner the proven health and wellness benefits of singing in a choir. The next session begins March 5th & 6th with rehearsals in North Canton and Massillon. 

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The community welcomes VOX AUDIO

On December 17th, VOX AUDIO gave their premiere performance to an audience of more than 800 patrons at the Glen Oak Performing Arts Center. Voices of Canton's newest ensemble, directed by Brian Kieffer, sang in the Holidays in a cappella style. 

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New Scholarship Ornament by John Boyett, Canton glass blower

Each year John Boyett, artist and owner of Canton Glass Works, creates a special ornament to support our Scholarship program. Here is a sneak peak at this year's ornament which is a gift to you with a contribution of $40 or more to the Voices of Canton Scholarship Fund. Our 59th Annual Scholarship Auditions will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m in Cabel Recital Hall at the Cultural Center for the Arts. Singers from North-East Ohio will be competing for a total of  $5,500 in scholarships this year. These audition are open to the public. Winners will perform on Thursday, May 11th for the Scholarship Luncheon at the Massillon Woman's Club. For more information check out our Featured Events.

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SingStark! remembers the great Leonard Cohen

On Wednesday, November 16th, at the Canton Brewing Company, PJ Chavez and the SingStark! band lead 70 people in a heartfelt performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah.

Join us on December 21st, when we sing "And so this is Christmas" by John Lennon and "The Twelve Pains of Christmas".

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Welcome James Leatherbarrow to the VOCI Board of Trustees

The VOCI Board of Trustees welcomes Dr. James Leatherbarrow, of Stark State College. Mr. Leatherbarrow was born in Devon, England. He has taught music theory, history, and musicianship at Kent State University, Youngstown State University, and the University of Akron. In 2011, he received his Ph.D. in music theory and composition from Kent State University.  Mr. Leatherbarrow is an assistant professor at Stark State College, where he runs the Music Production and Engineering program.

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